Orbitz Insider Index Reveals Top 10 Holiday Travel Destinations New survey shows visiting family top priority, travelers willing to cut back on gifts to cover airfare and hotel

New York is top destination for Thanksgiving

Orlando ranks #1 for Christmas and New Year's travel

CHICAGO, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 80% of holiday season travelers plan to spend time with family during  at least one of their upcoming trips and most are willing to cut back on buying gifts, if necessary, to cover higher travel costs, according to the Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com) Holiday Travel Insider Index and Travel Survey that was released today.  The index includes the most popular destinations as well as average flight and hotel prices for the 2011 holiday travel season.  According to the Index, from Thanksgiving through New Year's average airfares are up 4% year-over-year to the Top 10 destinations.  The report also finds average hotel rates climbed 12% compared to the same period last year.

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To supplement the Index, Orbitz also surveyed nearly 800 travelers to gauge their holiday travel plans and preferences.*  The survey finds that while seeing family is the top motivation for travel throughout the holiday season, 40% of respondents limit their "family time" and prefer to stay in a hotel rather than with family.  Other key highlights from the survey include:

  • Family travel (noted by 82% of respondents) ranks as the top reason for travel during the holiday season.
  • Consumers procrastinate when booking holiday travel. 50% of respondents plan to either book trips by the end of October or simply wait for last-minute airfares.
  • Most of those surveyed (68%) would reduce the amount they spend on gifts, or not buy gifts at all, to ensure they have money to cover travel costs over the holidays.
  • 57% of those surveyed will not stay connected to work during the holidays.

"With travel demand strong for the holidays, consumers need to lock in their plans as prices are not likely to go down," said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior travel editor for Orbitz.com.  "Even with air and hotel prices up, we're still seeing many great travel deals over the holidays.  Orbitz works closely with our air, hotel and car partners to secure affordable vacation packages which provide great options to make your travel dollars go further this holiday season."

Orbitz 2011 Holiday Travel Insider Index

Orbitz has identified the Top 10 destinations travelers plan to visit for the 2011 holiday travel season. The Orbitz Holiday Insider Index not only provides the Top 10 holiday destinations for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, but also evaluates the average airfare and daily hotel rates in each of the most popular markets.

Top Thanksgiving Destinations & Highlights(1)

New York ranks as the top destination for Thanksgiving travel.  Airfare increased by 11% with ticket prices up in nine of the 10 most popular locations.  Chicago was the only city that remained relatively flat year-over-year.  Although flight prices are up, consumers can still find great bargains on hotels. In fact, in half of the top 10 destinations holiday hotel rates average under $100 per night.

Rank

Destination

Avg. Ticket
Price 2010

Avg. Ticket
Price 2011

YOY
change

Hotel Average
Daily Rate 2010

Hotel Average
Daily Rate 2011

YOY
Change

1

New York

$285

$342

20%

$224

$279

25%

2

Chicago

$397

$396

-0.2%

$181

$155

-14%

3

Orlando

$301

$342

14%

$79

$91

16%

4

Denver

$327

$356

9%

$74

$73

-1%

5

Los Angeles

$382

$429

12%

$80

$91

13%

6

Las Vegas

$363

$396

9%

$70

$82

16%

7

Washington, D.C.

$311

$341

10%

$110

$114

3%

8

Atlanta

$338

$346

2%

$84

$98

17%

9

San Francisco

$380

$449

18%

$106

$119

12%

10

Ft. Lauderdale

$296

$338

14%

$90

$129

44%

(1) The Thanksgiving 2011 average airfare and average daily hotel rate data is based on all air (standalone air and air as part of a package) and all hotel (standalone hotel and hotel as part of a package) bookings made on Orbitz.com for travel between Nov. 23-27, 2011 as of Oct. 15, 2011.



Top Christmas Destinations & Highlights(2)

Travelers are indicating they are anxious to escape the cold for Christmas with four of the Top 10 destinations in the Sunshine State of Florida.  Orlando, with its bevy of family travel attractions, is the top choice for travelers.  Seven of the Top 10 destinations are offering hotel rates less than $150 a night on average. In contrast to Thanksgiving, half of this year's top Christmas destinations are posting small year-over-year decreases in average airfares.  The only international destination to make this year's Top 10 list is Cancun, buoyed by its many affordable vacation packages and all-inclusive resorts.

Rank

Destination

Avg. Ticket
Price 2010

Avg. Ticket
Price 2011

YOY
change

Hotel Average
Daily Rate 2010

Hotel Average
Daily Rate 2011

YOY
Change

1

Orlando

$458

$455

-1%

$89

$115

30%

2

New York

$541

$514

-5%

$237

$238

1%

3

Denver

$463

$440

-5%

$77

$101

31%

4

Los Angeles

$540

$572

6%

$91

$87

-5%

5

Chicago

$508

$509

0.2%

$95

$104

10%

6

Cancun

$701

$720

3%

$246

$283

15%

7

Miami

$585

$587

1%

$125

$132

6%

8

Phoenix

$460

$429

-7%

$69

$76

11%

9

Ft. Lauderdale

$466

$479

3%

$128

$238

85%

10

Tampa Bay, Fla.

$437

$423

-3%

$73

$76

5%

(2) The Christmas 2011 average airfare and average daily hotel rate data is based on all air (standalone air and air as part of a package) and all hotel (standalone hotel and hotel as part of a package) bookings made on Orbitz.com for travel between Dec. 23 -27, 2011 as of Oct. 15, 20111. 



Top New Year's Destinations & Highlights(3)

Travelers eager to visit party spots like New York, Cancun, Las Vegas and Miami during the holiday season can find relative bargains for New Year's Eve.  Airfare to Las Vegas is down 5% compared to 2010, while round-trip flights to New York average $290, and average hotel rates are just $224 per night — all of which represent the lowest costs during the entire holiday season.

For those traveling over New Year's, Tornatore suggests flying home on January 3 to save on airfare and miss the crowds. Average airfares are highest on New Year's Day ($594) and on January 2 ($585) – the two most expensive days to travel during this period.

Rank

Destination

Avg. Ticket
Price 2010

Avg. Ticket
Price 2011

YOY
change

Hotel Average
Daily Rate 2010

Hotel Average
Daily Rate 2011

YOY
Change

1

Orlando

$306

$307

0.4%

$87

$94

9%

2

New York

$283

$290

2%

$238

$224

-6%

3

Cancun

$493

$547

11%

$210

$260

23%

4

Las Vegas

$392

$372

-5%

$125

$124

-1%

5

Los Angeles

$485

$564

16%

$108

$107

-1%

6

Miami

$434

$459

6%

$140

$164

17%

7

Ft. Lauderdale

$321

$321

no change

$120

$131

9%

8

Denver

$358

$365

2%

$96

$121

26%

9

Chicago

$449

$478

6%

$118

$119

1%

10

Honolulu

$732

$726

-1%

$143

$119

-17%

(3) The New Year's 2011/2012 average airfare and average daily hotel rate data is based on all air (standalone air and air as part of a package) and all hotel (standalone hotel and hotel as part of a package) bookings made on Orbitz.com for travel between Dec. 30, 2011 to Jan. 2, 2012 as of Oct. 15, 2011. 



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* The Orbitz Holiday Travel survey was fielded by Orbitz from Sept. 23 - 25, 2011 via insightexpress. 757 U.S. adults aged 18 and older who had traveled within the past twelve months were surveyed.

About Orbitz.com

Orbitz.com is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book a broad array of travel products, including flightshotelscar rentalscruises, and vacation packages.  Since launching its Web site to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the largest online travel sites in the world and has led the industry with innovations including Flight Price Assurance, Hotel Price Assurance and Total Price hotel search results. On Orbitz.com consumers can search more than 80,000 suppliers worldwide including airlines, hotels and car rental companies.  Orbitz.com is owned by Orbitz Worldwide.  Stay connected to Orbitz.com with sale alerts, exclusive promotions and engaging conversations by following Orbitz on FacebookTwitter and the Orbitz Travel Blog.

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